The elections to the French rugby federation will take place, as planned, on October 3. Following the request for conciliation with the CNOSF by Florian Grill, candidate for election and competitor of Bernard Laporte, the conciliator issued a final opinion on Thursday. Much to the chagrin of opponents of the incumbent president, who demanded a two-month postponement of the elections due in particular to a campaign disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. "This period of confinement, which the Federation cannot deny that it is of an exceptional nature, undeniably obstructed the holding of public meetings and necessarily reduced the electoral audience of the candidates", affirmed the CNOSF on Wednesday.
️ Following the request for conciliation with the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) by Messrs Serge BLANCO, Florian GRILL, and Fabien PELOUS, the conciliator issued his opinion.- France Rugby (@FranceRugby) August 6, 2020
Bernard Laporte, former coach of the XV of France, Secretary of State for Sports and manager of RC Toulon, has been president of the FFR since December 2016. Grill is supported by former internationals Jean-Marc Lhermet, Jean-Claude Skrela, Serge Blanco , Eric Champ, Fabien Pelous, Abdelatif Benazzi and Julien Pierre, all in an eligible position on his list.
- The CNOSF proposes to the French Rugby Federation to postpone its elections